Out for a walk on a nice sunny day and when I got home I found it had happened again
- that thing which is my all time pet peeve - a blob of dog poop stuck to my shoe
I'm always careful to avoid stepping in the droppings left by their pets that far
too many dog owners are too lazy or inconsiderate to clean up, which is part of
the reason I find it so annoying when I find one of those unpleasant deposits stuck
to the bottom of my shoe. The other reasons are the foul smell and sticky mess involved
in cleaning it off after I discover it.
And I see dog owners leave these droppings behind everywhere. On main beach they
just kick a little sand over it. Well, the poop does not go away, magically disintegrate
or become uncontaminated all of its own accord. Some kid or other unlucky person
is quite likely to step in it next spring or summer. Similarly, kicking a few leave
over it in the woods doesn't ameliorate the problem either.
I used to be a dog owner and I never left my dog's deposits out and about where
ever my dog decided to have a dump. I always cleaned up after her and I will now
explain to those dog owners who don't do this, exactly how it is done.
I carried a plastic grocery bag with me and 4 or 5 small paper lunch bags, usually
trimmed a little shorter. When my dog made a deposit I would grasp the bottom of
one of the paper bags and fold the bag back over my hand. Then, with my hand covered
by the paper bag, I would reach down and pick up my dog's deposit, folding the paper
bag back off my hand and over the deposit. I would then put the full paper bag in
the bigger plastic one and carry it until I returned home. If she made more than
one deposit, I would repeat this procedure each and every time. Upon returning home,
I would then simply flush each deposit, bag and all, down the toilet and into our
sewage treatment system. Simple!
For the dog owners who don't clean up after their dogs, my New Year's wish for you
is that you step in a much bigger deposit left by someone else's dog.